Archive for the ‘Raspberry Pi’ Category

Now that OpenELEC 3.2 is out the dev team are moving to 3.3 (which will eventually become stable as 3.4). The dev team have asked me to wait until things are more stable (for around 4 weeks) before doing more builds from the master branch. The dev team have also made a decision to remove […]


I spent Saturday manning the @BrightonPi stand at Brighton Mini Maker Faire showing off various projects with Gareth James. It was great fun, and I really enjoyed talking to people about the potential of the Raspberry Pi. There were a few questions that got asked a lot… hence this post. The projects I was showing off […]


A friend of mine recently returned from working in the US for 3 years, where he’d got to like listening to Internet radio using Pandora. He wanted to get things set up so that he could listen to Pandora on his kitchen stereo. Challenge #1 – be in the US Pandora uses IP geolocation to […]


I first came across the BeagleBone when Roger Monk presented at OSHUG #18 in April 2012. It was easy at the time to write it off  as too expensive and too underpowered – the Raspberry Pi was finally shipping and the lucky first 2000 already had their $35 computers whilst the rest of us waited for […]


Shiva Iyer at Packt Publishing kindly sent me a review copy of Instant OpenELEC Starter. It’s an ebook with a list price of £5.99, and I was able to download .pdf and .mobi versions (with an .epub option too). It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback (£12.99) and for Kindle (£6.17). The book is […]


Over the past week or so my automated build engine for OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi hasn’t been working. XBMC has grown to a point where it will no longer build on a machine with 1GB RAM. Normal services has now been resumed, as the good people at GreenQloud kindly increased my VM from t1.milli […]


I’ve been very happy with the results from my Raspberry Pi controlled water bath for sous vide cooking, but I knew that the control loop could be improved. Past runs show fairly continued oscillation: I’ve been keeping track of the average power for my control loop, which has been coming out at 22%. So i […]


Two years ago I took my son along to Maker Faire UK in Newcastle (which is where I grew up). This year the whole family came along. Whilst I queued with the kids for the ‘laser caper'[1] my wife went along to a talk by Clive from the Raspberry Pi Team. I can’t blame her […]


Last week I cooked tri-tip with my Raspberry Pi controlled water bath. This week I used a much more ordinary cut, some topside from my local Co-Op supermarket that had cost me just over £5 for 1.6kg. Some time ago I stopped buying this kind of meat because if you cook it per the instructions […]


I cooked tri-tip with my Raspberry Pi controlled sous vide water bath today. It came out brilliantly – on a par with the best Chateaubriand I’ve had (which for the record was at Casa Ferlin in Zurich – well worth a visit if you’re ever in that neck of the woods). The meat I got […]